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The Habit of Rivers

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The story of a passion for rivers, trout, and fly fishing, and their sustaining power.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by The Lyons Press (first published 1994)
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John Hyland
A great read. It's refreshing to encounter a writer who takes seriously--and wrestles with--the ethics and problems of fishing, and what it means to walk the banks of rivers. I particularly enjoyed the eighth chapter's discussion of language and rivers. But great moments are throughout, for instance:

"Fishing in general has always seemed to me a form of subversion. In a world that insists upon 'means' and 'ends,' that dooms every path to a destination, fishing elides the categories and so slips t
Peter Graff
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Mar 09, 2011 Bob rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every fisherman I know
Recommended to Bob by: David Abelson
A beautiful, passionate, humorous, delightful book about fly-fishing as a metaphor for life, in every respect. Leeson fishes Central Oregon when he's not a professor at Oregon State, and he writes evocatively of every aspect of fishing - from the flies themselves to the lakes, rivers and streams he fishes (many of which I have fished, alone and with dear friends). Some laugh-out-loud observations about fishing, fishermen and life generally, and some wonderful insights into our passions and prede ...more
I loved everything about this one. I'm going to buy a copy.
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